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Researchers block plant hormone: Small molecule inhibits jasmonic acid, helps to explain its effects

Researchers trying to get new information about the metabolism of plants can switch off individual genes and study the resulting changes. However, Erich Kombrink from the Max Planck Institute ...

Mon 18 Aug 14 from Phys.org

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Researchers unveil first artificial enzyme created by evolution in test tube

(Phys.org)—There's a wobbly new biochemical structure in Burckhard Seelig's lab at the University of Minnesota that may resemble what enzymes looked like billions of years ago, when life on ...

Wed 30 Jan 13 from Phys.org

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New artificial enzyme safer for nature

Perilous and polluting industrial processes can be made safer with enzymes. But only a short range of enzymes have been available for the chemical industry.

Thu 22 Oct 09 from Phys.org

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New process improves catalytic rate of enzymes by 3,000 percent

Light of specific wavelengths can be used to boost an enzyme's function by as much as 30 fold, potentially establishing a path to less expensive biofuels, detergents and a host of other products.

Tue 17 Apr 12 from Phys.org

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Researchers determine structure of intermediate form of unique enzyme

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(PhysOrg.com) -- Montana State University chemists have determined the structure of an intermediate form of a unique enzyme that participates in some of the most fundamental reactions in biology.

Mon 26 Apr 10 from Phys.org

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Chinese medicine yields secrets: Atomic mechanism of 2-headed molecule derived from Chang Shan shown

The mysterious inner workings of Chang Shan—a Chinese herbal medicine used for thousands of years to treat fevers associated with malaria—have been uncovered thanks to a high-resolution structure ...

Sun 23 Dec 12 from Phys.org

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2 in 1: Multi-tasking protein provides new approaches for anti-tuberculosis drugs

In a paper published today in PNAS, scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg, Germany, reveal new insights into the workings of enzymes from a group of bacteria ...

Tue 15 Feb 11 from Phys.org

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Remarkable enzyme points the way to reducing nitric acid use in industry

An enzyme in the bacterium that causes potato scab could help create new, environmentally-benign biocatalysts with the potential to cut use of the highly corrosive chemical nitric acid.

Fri 21 Sep 12 from Phys.org

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Researchers uncover metabolic enzymes with 'widespread roles' in opium poppy

University of Calgary scientists have discovered metabolic enzymes in the opium poppy that play "widespread roles" in enabling the plant to make painkilling morphine and codeine, and other important ...

Fri 4 Oct 13 from Phys.org

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Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs

A proof-of-concept experiment has shown that, by shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use 'green chemistry' to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply ...

Sun 23 Mar 14 from Phys.org

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